500 OTR Christmas Shows
500 OTR Christmas Holiday Shows
Five hundred Christmas holiday-themed old time radio shows. Also includes some Christmas-week news and New Year's Eve shows (and year-end retrospectives and news). Plus the Christmas V-Discs (I've uploaded a set of V-Discs to Archive.org) and a rip of Dennis Day's 1958 LP Christmas Is For The Family (with Jack Benny).
Not meant to be comprehensive but there's a lot, and they range from the ridiculous (The Christmas Bride) to the sublime (Truth or Consequence's hometown sound collage for a hospitalized paralyzed vet) and everything in-between.
As always, any error or typo is mine and if you enjoy my uploads or if you intend to make $ or otherwise profit from these files, please consider making a donation to a veteran's charity of your choice and/or Archive.org itself.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
20 - Frank Sinatra and WAVES chorus - Ave Maria
21 - Dinah Shore - Sleigh Ride In July
28 - Frank Sinatra - You'll Never Walk Alone
33 - O Little Town Of Bethlehem etc.
40 - Dick Haymes, with Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra and Chorus - O Come All Ye Faithful
52 - Frank Sinatra, with Alex Stordahl and his Orchestra - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
53 - Frank Sinatra, with Alex Stordahl and his Orchestra - Jingle Bells
54 - Frank Sinatra, with Alex Stordahl and his Orchestra - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
65 - All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
69 - Christmas Dragnet (Parts I & II)
73 - Nuttin' for Christmas
December 14, 2014
The Way It Really Was
I haven't listened to more than ten percent of these, but from my decades of hearing "old time radio" shows I know these accurately reflect the way folks thought and felt. By today's standards they may seem corny, sexist and racist. In those times attitudes were different and they're reflected here. To enjoy the entertainment one needs to accept and be open to a vastly different era. Things went slower, people accepted old jokes, believed that might didn't always make right and caring about one's neighbors was expected. If those feelings are wrong, maybe we need to look at today's attitudes and check on our prejudices and false beliefs. The art of an era reflects its society. What do today's arts say about who we are? Enjoy these shows without judgment, they were what earlier generations of Americans loved. They deserve our consideration.
December 4, 2014
Love all these...thanks to the compiler, Happy Holidays
September 29, 2013
Thank you 1000 times.